Review: MECH CADET YU #3

Written by Greg Pak
Art by Takeshi Miyazawa, Triona Farrell, and Simon Bowland
Published by BOOM! Studios
Release Date: October 11, 2017

The shargs are back! Here to finish the war they started on earth! But how will this affect Yu and his classmates? Find out in another thrilling issue of Mech Cadet Yu!

Pak creates a more realistic world than you usually think a story about children with robot companions will give you, one where the people controlling the robots are obligated to be part of the military. Placing them as soldiers rather than children playing hero with higher-than-military grade technology allows the story to go towards a darker path, and I’m excited to see what nuances can be taken from going down such a road.

Also, the more I think about the robos coming down from space, the shargs attacking shortly after the appearance of robos on earth, and the lack of knowledge as to why the robos and the shargs are on earth in the first place makes me really question what’s going on. Why exactly are the shargs chasing giant thinking robots around in space to battle them? Why do only three robos come at a time to earth? Why does Tanaka’s experience bonding with a robo seem to be the only time a singular robo came down to earth? Something’s really fishy about the entire situation, and I kind of wonder how Pak is going to address it as time goes on.

Miyazawa’s work is captivating. I love the scenes where the battle between the sharg and the robos becomes very real very quickly.

The splash with the broken robo. The poor alien techno-creature sprawled on the floor. Arm ripped off. Struggling like a soldier just off the battlefield. The robo’s mech trying to tell it that it will be okay, that everything will be fine.

The splash of the sharg. Looming over a surprised and horrified civilian population. Shadows drape over it’s being with ominous and chaotic danger lurking behind them. The beast standing stories tall. Growling at the sky as helicopters circle it. A robo broken swiftly like a steak knife cutting through soft cheese.

These scenes and more are what make the comic so breathtaking. The feeling of war and its serious threats truly come through in how these panels are drawn.

If you have the time, definitely read Mech Cadet Yu. This isn’t your ordinary kid meets robot then has adventures comic. This comic is leaning towards showing what the harshness of war truly is and the naiveté of those who go into war not fully understanding what they’ve signed themselves up for. It truly is worth the read.

The Verdict: 9.5/10


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